I love reading, both as a adult and a child I was always found with my head in a book.
I would spend the entire 6 weeks in the library as a kid I particularly loved the goosebumps series by R.L Stine – Classics.
I didn’t have many friends and loved the escapism books provided.
I always thought that when I had kids I would be reading with them from birth. I even tried reading to my bump but soon got sick of the sound of my own voice.
It really didn’t turn out the way I had planned, being a parent made me very busy I barely had time to brush my hair let alone read Max a book, I always wondered how other mum’s seemed to manage it (the whole bath book bottle bed always baffled me) and I always felt incredibly guilty that I could never find the time for a bedtime story.
Now Max is older we do occasionally read a short book together before bedtime, he’s concentration levels are much higher now he is a little older meaning he can actually sit and listen for small periods of time.
This is usually dependent on how late he has gone to bed and if he’s been a monster during the day or well-behaved. If you’ve had a day of full on toddler misery’s then sitting down to read a book at bed time is the last thing on my mind, getting Max to bed and the gate at the door shut as soon as humanly possible is usually the first thing on my mind on those occasions.
When we were approached to review a new children’s book I jumped at the chance.
Although we don’t read together as often as I would like reading is a fantastic way to bond with Max.Its just me and him with no distractions it really is quality time. I’ll admit sometimes I do skip a page or 10 if I’m feeling tired or if the book is particularly long-winded (come on we all do it).
Tonight we sat in his toddler bed (so uncomfortable) and read a book together.
We read a new book James and the Amazing gift by Nicola J Rowley to read and review.
It’s a lovely book all about a little boy called James and you guessed it his amazing gift which is his smile.
James looks just how I imagine Max will look once his older, blonde hair blue eyes with the ability to make any person smile with his happiness and positivity.
The book focuses on Jame’s need to make the world a happier place one smile at a time.
It particularly hones in on an elderly woman whose day is made by Jame’s beaming ray of sunshine smile.
We enjoyed reading the book and Max even asked for me to read it to him twice (my reading skills are on point). The illustrations are great, bright large images. The story is very straight forward and easy for an older child to follow. Max is only 2 I like to think he understood but I’m not sure. He loved pointing out the different images thou such as the blue car.
If I could have one criticism it would be about the font, the book is aimed at 3+ so I would have liked the font a little larger.
Overall this book is very nice a lovely positive story with bright fresh illustrations. It is available for £7.99 paperback with £1.00 of each sale is going towards the UK Charity contact the elderly.
I think as Max gets older I certainly will make more of a effort to fit reading time on the agenda. It’s a known fact that reading extends your vocabulary and in a child that is never a bad thing.
*we were sent a copy of James and the amazing gift to read and review, all opinions are honest and my own*